Bath also has plenty of art - private galleries galore, very varied, and public galleries too. Victoria Art Gallery is always worth a visit - I've seen so much good stuff there down the years (and the rest, natch). This time on show were Gillian Ayres (big, mostly) and David Brayne by whose work I expected to be completely underwhelmed. I've seen it in reproduction and barely registered it, but in the flesh it's altogether different. There's a quality to the paintwork that seeps water into the skies and gives a real feeling of rootedness.
On to the Holburne and an unexpectedly enjoyable photographic exhibition. I nearly didn't go. Still life? Dull, just dull. But of course it was much better than that. Ok, so there were a few traditional images, but much more besides that really wasn't - very glad I went after all.